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Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below is a comprehensive list of questions that are often asked of us by our patients and soon-to-be patients. If you find that your question isn't answered here, please don't hesistate to give our office a call. We will do our very best to answer your question promptly.

Each question below will link to its corresponding answer further down on the same page. The answer to the question you click on will appear at the very top of the page.


  • (1) Please visit our Insurance page for information about our accepted insurance coverages and referral policies. If you find that your question isn't answered there, you may want to check directly with your insurance company.


  • (2) A referral is required as part of our company policy.  While we will accept a referral from any provider, insurances requiring a referral may not.  Insurances that require a referral often require the referral to come from the patient's Primary Care Doctor.


  • (3) Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory injection. It takes down the swelling that causes pain.


  • (4) No. It is a local injection, and does not effect you like a daily steroid medication would.


  • (5) Every case is evaluated individually. We do have other treatments that we recommend if indicated.


  • (6) One advantage is that Cortisone injections can be administered easily in the doctor's office. Cortisone injections also provide more rapid and powerful relief than traditional antiinflammatory medications given by mouth, because the medication is delivered to a localized area. A single injection can also avoid certain side effects, notably irritation of the stomach, that accompany many oral anti-inflammatory medications.


  • (7) Unless your PCP has specifically asked that we take over as the prescriber of a medication, you will still need to contact the prescribing doctor for refill authorization.


  • (8) In most cases, your medication will not interfere with treatment. However, it is important to stop aspirin and all anti-inflammatory medications, IF directed, (e.g. Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn/Naproxen, Aleve, Celebrex, etc.) for 5-7 days before the procedure. The same goes for blood thinning medications, such as Plavix and Coumadin. All of your routine medicines and supplements may be re-started after the procedure on the same day.


  • (9) If you feel as though you should consider rescheduling your appointment because of illness or a cold, it is probably best that you do so. Pushing an appointment back a couple of days will rarely effect the course of treatment.


  • (10) There are generally two reasons why the doctor may have you come in for a refill authorization. If you haven't been seen recently, the doctor needs to touch base with you. It's just as important to be evaluated for medication treatment as it is for other forms of treatment. The doctor may also ask that you come in because certain medications cannot be authorized over the phone. You will need to follow-up with the doctor and obtain a hard copy (written script) to bring with you to the pharmacy.


  • (11) That can only be determined at the time of your consultation. If you have more questions about your Consultation, please visit the First Visit page for more information.


  • (12) The doctor doesn't treat Fibromyalgia in the sense of a diagnosis, because its cause is yet unknown, but he will treat the pain associated with it.





  • (16) We usually call to confirm appointments the afternoon before. While most appointments are confirmed, you should always keep a reminder of your appointment handy, as we cannot always guarantee a phone call due to holidays or a shortage of staff.


  • (17) We recently implemented a policy in which a patient must schedule an appointment to meet with the doctor, or Nurse Practitioner, in order to have the form(s) completed. Form completion is much easier with the party present, and saves the patient and the requesting company from having to follow-up with us regarding the form's status.


  • (18) You will need to fill out a release of medical records. If the records are for an attorney, you may have the attorney fax and/or mail a signed consent form. You will receive your records within 30 days or less.


  • (19) While no injection is pleasant, the level of discomfort varies from person to person. Most find the pain negligible when compared to the relief that they gain from the injections. There is also a local anesthetic administered along with the injection to relieve some of the discomfort (similar to getting Novacaine prior to a filling).


  • (20) The majority of injections are covered by the insurances that we accept. Very few patients have had an issue with an injection not being covered. We are aware of the few injections that aren't covered by certain insurances, and we would alert you before scheduling you for that particular type of injection.


  • (21) The cost varies with every insurance, but generally, the charge will be your usual charge for a specialist's copay. Some insurances don't even require a copay for the injections. For patients with Medicare only, the cost will vary based upon the price of the injection (Copay = 20%). However, if you want to be sure of your coverage, you can always call the member services phone number located on your insurance card.